Throughout the Obama presidency – which, less than two years into his term, we can already describe as an “ordeal” – good people have disagreed as to what President Obama is actually trying to accomplish. Even this past week, I had a sitting member of the U.S. House of Representatives (a Republican, no less) tell me privately that President Obama is just “naïve,” and actually believes that he is strengthening America.
And isn’t that just a distinctly “American” way to approach the matter? We Americans, we’re pretty gracious people. We like to assume the best about our President, even if we disagree with him.
Yet the time for “assuming the best” has expired with President Obama. He has already demonstrated far too many times during his brief presidency that, individual liberty be damned, his objectives are to expand his own control over American life, while reducing our nation’s economic and military prowess internationally.
These objectives are antithetical to the way most Americans view our nation. But for a quick primer on how any American could think that neutralizing and weakening America could be a good thing, try reviewing the 1995 film “Crimson Tide,” starring Denzel Washington and Gene Hackman.
In “Tide,” two competing visions of the United States collide with each other as the old-school, white male Navy Captain Frank Ramsey (played by Hackman) debates, and ultimately fights over the proper role of nuclear warfare, with the young, better educated, African American Lieutenant Commander Ron Hunter (played by Washington). Ramsey concerns himself with “how and when to push the button,” while Hunter contemplates “why” anyone would push the button. When quizzed about his new-fangled way of thinking by Ramsey, Hunter explains that “in the nuclear world, the true enemy is war itself..”
So stop and consider for a moment what one must assume, in order to believe that the United States’ “true enemy” is “war itself:” one must assume that no nation is better than any other. And our current President has already signaled his relativistic view of America, having made it clear that, in his view, “American exceptionalism” is no more “exceptional” than the “exceptionalism” with which people around the world view their respective nations.
So if one really views America in this relativistic way, then, if you’re the President, there’s no reason not to weaken our nuclear warfare capacities and bring our economy into a state of decline. That would simply make matters “more fair” for other nations around the globe.
Review this fifteen year-old movie, and consider its implications for what has happened in the White House in the last week, alone.
Then, stop assuming the best – and prepare for the worst.
Austin Hill is an Author, Consultant, and Host of "Austin Hill's Big World of Small Business," a syndicated talk show about small business ownership and entrepreneurship. He is Co-Author of the new release "The Virtues Of Capitalism: A Moral Case For Free Markets." , Author of "White House Confidential: The Little Book Of Weird Presidential History," and a frequent guest host for Washington, DC's 105.9 WMAL Talk Radio.